Thursday, October 25, 2007

It's Readiness that Matters, Not Years

I think that for any endeavour, whether it's business, career, sports, love, college, we should not look at the chronological age or the number of years a person has spent in it but whether the person is ready.

A young 27 year old could be ready to be CEO, a 14 year old could be ready to go to University. It's not the age.

Moses needed to be prepared for 40 years till he was 80 before he was ready to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

That is not to say that we can adequately prepare fully for everything, there are no such things as perfect conditions, but we can remove conditions we know that will definitely cause us to fail to reach our goals.

As we plan long term, we must think, are we ready? If we want to get married, we must prepare beforehand to be ready for it. Or for business, are we ready to handle the burden, do we have the financial, social and psychological resources? Or at least have access to help?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Too Busy To Worry...

I'm too busy solving my problems to worry about them.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Imagine If...

Imagine if you could really have an Aladdin's lamp to wish for whatever you wanted.

Imagine you had no problems, that everyone agreed that you were always right. If you had a husband or wife who disagreed with you, with a snap of your fingers he/she would agree with you.

Or if you had no girlfriend or boyfriend, you could attract whoever you wanted with a blink of an eye.

That if you were fat and overweight and wanted to run a marathon the next day, you could do it in world record time.

That if you wanted to be an entrepreneur you could become a Bill Gates the next day.

Or if you were an artist you could create works of art with a wave of your hand.

Though tempting, it would take the joy out of life. Where would effort be? How would you ever grow? Where would the attachment be if you did not spend the time, energy and effort into creating?

A man who lovingly tends and nurtures a single rose would value it much more than if he could buy a whole garden of rosebushes.

Life is a journey. The paradox is that you cannot focus on the journey but on the goal. Just like maturity. Try observing yourself becoming mature, "Oh, look I'm growing". It doesn't work.

Instead, focus on a goal, aim to achieve it, yet realize that the journey is also an important part of it.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The Grammy award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Singapore International Salsa Festival. Time to parteee!

There really is a difference listening to a live band versus listening to a CD.

The thing during the performances of the different bands is that I could observe local Singaporeans actually mouthing the Spanish lyrics! It's amazing that local salseros could actually memorize what to me are unintelligible syllables.